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11:45 AM ET, October 19, 2006


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MSDN Blogs:
Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP Available Now  —  Today we released Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP.  I encourage everyone to download the final version from  —  We listened carefully to feedback from many sources (including this blog) …
Latest Secunia Security Advisories:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.x  —  This advisory is currently marked as unpatched!  —  A vulnerability has been discovered in Internet Explorer, which can be exploited by malicious people to disclose potentially sensitive information.  —  The vulnerability is caused due to an error …
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
The beast has awoken; or, The beginning of Web 2.0
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 7
Discussion: Download Squad and TechBlog
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
IE 7 is done. Nobody panic.
Discussion: Tech Shout!
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
A Virtual World but Real Money  —  It has a population of a million.  The "people" there make friends, build homes and run businesses.  They also play sports, watch movies and do a lot of other familiar things.  They even have their own currency, convertible into American dollars.
Discussion: Tech Beat
Kathleen Craig / Wired News:
Second Life's Must-Have Stuff  —  (Editor's note: Some links in this story will "teleport" Second Life residents to locations within the virtual world.  They will be noted with "SLurl" after them.)  —  Second Life residents are spending $7 million a month on digital goods and services.
Discussion: PSFK Trend: PSFK
Philiplinden / Official Linden Blog:
1,000,000 residents = Happy! Crushing Signup Load = Sad!
Davis / Davis Freeberg's Digital Connection:
San Francisco Local Politics Derail Free WiFi Project  —  San Francisco land of the nuts and fruits.  I can only say that because I live here and consider many of them my close friends, but if you were a fly on the wall at last night's EarthLink Google WiFi meeting you would know what I mean.
Mike / Techdirt:
Another Potential Problem With Muni-WiFi: You Need To Deal With Politicians  —  from the no-room-for-pork-in-wifi dept  —  While municipal internet access can be a valid option for providing some form of internet access to residents or businesses where they might not have any other choice …
New York Times:
Music Companies Grab a Share of the YouTube Sale  —  YouTube's young founders may have been the biggest beneficiaries of last week's $1.65 billion deal with Google, but they have some unexpected bedfellows — old-line media companies that had been considered YouTube's biggest legal threat.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Allchin: Vista won't RTM next week  —  The Microsoft countdown clock was wrong.  (Yeah, maybe it's running Windows Vista and blue screened.  Teehee.)  —  Vista is not on track to be released to manufacturing on October 25, according to Jim Allchin, co-president of Microsoft's platforms and services division.
CRN Breaking News:   Vista, Office 2007 To Launch in NY After Thanksgiving
Wendy / Wendy's Blog:
FORBIDDING VISTAS: WINDOWS LICENSING DISSERVES THE USER  —  Reading the Windows Vista license is a bit like preparing for breakfast with Lewis Carroll's Red Queen: You should be ready to believe at least six impossible things about what users want from software.
Discussion: Scobleizer and Boing Boing
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
YouTube may be the fastest growing website ever!  —  Jay Meattle of the web statistics firm compete has done an interesting analysis of the growth rates of MySpace vs YouTube.  He concludes that YouTube's rate of growth exceeds that of MySpace - i.e. essentially it is more viral!.
Discussion: The Utube Blog
Jay Meattle / Compete Blog:
YouTube vs MySpace Growth: No Contest!
Discussion: Digital Micro-Markets
Amazon launches answers site  —  Today I received an invite to join a new community at Amazon called Askville: … This site will compete with Yahoo! Answers and Microsoft Q&A in the free question-answering space except that it might be able to leverage the Amazon community of experts.
Apple's share of U.S. PC market jumps to 6.1 percent  —  First on AI: Sales of Apple's Macintosh computers over the past twelve month's have grown faster than any other major PC manufacturer, boosting the company's share of the U.S. PC market to 6.1 percent, according to data released by Gartner on Wednesday.
Apple Reports Preliminary Fourth Quarter Results  —  Ships Record 1.61 Million Macs  —  Apple® today announced preliminary financial results for its fiscal 2006 fourth quarter ended September 30, 2006.  These preliminary results may be subject to significant adjustment as a result of a likely restatement of historical results.
Aline van Duyn / Financial Times:
BusinessWeek looks to web in battle for readers  —  For the editor-in-chief of the world's biggest business magazine, one goal is paramount: keeping his title on the "must read" list.  —  "You don't want to be a discretionary read, that is too dangerous," says Stephen Adler …
Kyle Orland / Next Generation:
GAMING'S TOP 50 JOURNALISTS  —  Who are the 50 most influential journalists in the U.S games industry?  We decided to find a freelancer crazy enough to compile and write up an actual list.  Be warned, some of the pictures within are of a disturbing nature.
Discussion: You NEWB, Kotaku and Joystiq
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Moscow Music Site Defends Free Downloads  —  A Web site based in Moscow that the United States Commerce Department has branded as the world's highest-volume online seller of pirated music plans to release hundreds of thousands of albums free, the site said.  —  Low prices and ease of use …
Discussion: Techdirt, Mark Evans and Boing Boing
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Jack Ewing / Business Week:
Gabriel Re-Shocks the Monkey Online
Discussion: OpenBusiness and Slashdot
Steve Poland / TechCrunch: officially Google'd
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Website Optimizer
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Another Odd Post To An Official Google Blog Raises Security Concerns
Discussion: Web 2.0 Explorer and digg
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
Building a Better Voting Machine
Dave / Master of 500 Hats:
Google + YouTube = Media 2., or Why Andy Kessler is Dead Wrong …
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Flash Player 9 for Linux Beta 1
 Earlier Items: 
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft hopes 7 is lucky number for IE
Tumi's Solar-powered Backpack Charges Your Gadgets on the Go
Discussion: Shiny Shiny and digg
Alexbarnett / blog:
Support tagging  —  Christopher Carfi threw out a interesting idea yesterday...
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Personalized News: A Market Overview
Rod Oracheski / Gaming Edge:
Sony clarifies some PS3 controller talk
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Performancing launches ad network for bloggers
Wall Street Journal:
Record Labels Turn Piracy Into a Marketing Opportunity